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Friday night at the de Young, Impressionists at the Legion

Vullard, Yellow Curtains
Vullard, Yellow Curtains@National Gallery of Art

The de Young Museum is in full bloom with their annual pairing of flowers and art, "Bouquets to Art 2014." Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Bouquets to Art has supported the acquisition of some of the Fine Arts Museums' most iconic pieces, including Wayne Thiebaud's "Three Machines" (now on view in Wilsey Court). The show ends Saturday, March 23 so there is still time.

Friday nights return to the de Young. In 2005 the de Young hosted the first event of a series that would soon become a beloved San Francisco tradition: Friday Nights at the de Young. Over the years, these gatherings have welcomed local community members into the museum to enjoy art, live performances, and hands-on art activities during special extended hours.

On Friday, March 28 the de Young will kick off the 10th-anniversary season with swing dance lessons, interactive portraiture, and stunning nighttime views of Golden Gate Park from the Hamon Tower Observation Level. Opening night celebrates "Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George," and the season will continue with themes related to other special exhibitions and notable pieces in the de Young's permanent collection.

Mark your calendar for the upcoming exhibit at the Legion of Honor of treasures from the National Gallery of Art. The galley is closed for renovations and San Francisco will benefit from this with a show featuring 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh.

The exhibition includes nearly 70 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and features a selection of intimately scaled impressionist and post-impressionist still lifes, portraits and landscapes, whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny.

“Intimate Impressionism resonates with the outstanding impressionist and post-impressionist works from the Museums’ own holdings,” says Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “This exhibition is the latest in a rich history of collaborations between the Fine Arts Museums and the National Gallery of Art dating back to the 1940s. We are pleased to host these national treasures and provide our audience with the opportunity to view them here at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.”

Opens at the Legion of Honor March 29